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Happenings William J. H. Andrewes To Lecture At The Horological Society Of New York

Happenings William J. H. Andrewes To Lecture At The Horological Society Of New York

With the amazing advances in innovation that have changed the wristwatch throughout the most recent couple of many years, it is barely noticeable the original commitments made 250 years prior by the pioneers of exactness timekeeping. Chief among these was John Harrison, who, despite seemingly insurmountable opposition, made the main watch that tackled the issue of discovering longitude adrift and in this manner introduced the time of high accuracy, compact timekeeping. At the December 2020 gathering of the Horological Society of New York , William Andrewes will talk about Harrison’s history.

Replica of Harrison’s fourth marine watch (H4), made by Derek Pratt and Charles Frodsham & Co. London. Graciousness of Charles Frodsham & Co., London

One hundred years prior this year, Rupert Gould saw interestingly John Harrison’s marine watches, H1, H2, H3, and H4, and, before long, started the meticulous undertaking of their restoration. H1, specifically, was in such miserable condition that, had he not resurrected it and portrayed it so smoothly on paper, it probably won’t have survived. Yet, Gould didn’t completely perceive Harrison’s impact on the advancement of exactness timekeeping. Fifty years back, Harrison’s marine watches were considered by some to be a brilliant impasse, and his case of the precision of a second in 100 days for his accuracy controllers was viewed as a gross exaggeration.

Mezzotint portrait of John Harrison by Philippe Joseph Tassaert distributed in 1768 after the portrait by Thomas King

Since the distribution of Dava Sobel’s top rated book Longitude and the narrative and highlight film that continued afterward, John Harrison has become too known as Isaac Newton, Thomas Tompion, and George Graham and is currently respected like them with a remembrance in Westminster Abbey. Most as of late, his watches were included in a worldwide visiting presentation called “Ships, Clocks, and Stars” coordinated by the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. 

The story of the renaissance of mechanical timekeeping throughout the most recent 50 years shapes an embroidery of time, woven with a common string of interest by numerous exceptional and bright characters – producers like George Daniels, authorities like Seth Atwood, sellers, scholars, specialists, and others with whom William Andrewes has attempted to give Harrison the acknowledgment he was for such a long time denied.

Replica of Harrison’s fourth marine watch (H4), made by Charles Frodsham & Co. London. Graciousness of Charles Frodsham & Co., London

About William J. H. Andrewes

William Andrewes was conceived and taught in England. He prepared as a clockmaker, working under the direction of George Daniels and Martin Burgess, and as a planner, moving on from Kingston College of Art in 1972.

Specializing in the field of time estimation for more than forty years, he has worked at Eton College (1973-1977), the Old Royal Observatory, Greenwich (1974-1977), The Time Museum (1977-1987), and Harvard University, where he was the David P. Wheatland Curator of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (1987-1999). He coordinated the Longitude Symposium (1993), altered The Quest for Longitude (1996), and was co-creator with Dava Sobel of The Illustrated Longitude (1998). For his commitments to horology, the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers granted him the Harrison Medal in 2007.

William Andrewes has been granted three licenses for his “Longitude Dial.” Examples of his sundials might be found in the United States, England, France, Mexico, and Spain.

The occasion is on Monday, December 7, 2020 , from 7:00-9:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S. what’s more, Canada) by means of Zoom Webinar .

HSNY talks will be streamed live by means of Zoom for years to come, with no in-person get-togethers. Online course enrollment is required. All HSNY addresses are free and open to people in general, and all are recorded. Recorded talks are made accessible to HSNY individuals quickly, and the overall population with a two-month delay.

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